Building a brighter future with St Martin’s Village

St Martin's Village
Sheila Sibiya and Pastor Thomas Beneke from St Martin's Village stand outside the cottage which needs renovations. Remember August 5, they need your assistance.

St Martin’s Village is not merely a place of safety.

It is a home for abandoned and abused babies and small children, who would not otherwise experience the love and joy so many families have taken for granted.

Yet, St Martin’s Village needs the community’s assistance in providing for the children in its care.

Over the past year, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have struggled immensely due to financial constraints, to fulfill their mandates.

In April, four staff members from Morester Children’s Home were retrenched, due to financial difficulties. In this instance some of the children had to be moved to the children’s home in Ladysmith.

Thembilihle Child and Youth Care Centre closed its doors in May, leaving the children in its care facing a bleak future, as they too were moved to other facilities.

Also in May, Khulisa Social Solutions shut its doors not only in Newcastle, but in the entire KwaZulu-Natal region.

Despite the obstacles faced by NGOs, the St Martin’s Village committee refused to surrender.

The village has invited the community to participate in a maintenance day project on Saturday, August 5.

“We will be starting at 8am and there are different projects at the home in which people can get involved in,” said Pastor Thomas Beneke.

The projects include assisting in the vegetable garden and general maintenance around the home.

“We are also looking for someone to donate panel heaters to us, as it will warm the house up nicely for the babies and it is safer than other heaters, which are fire hazards.”

The vegetable garden would allow the home be able to grow its own food.

With work set to begin at 8am, Pastor Beneke has invited the community to stay for a ‘bring and braai’. “We will stop the work at 2pm and have a braai.”

Volunteers are to bring their garden tools, cutlery, crockery, chairs and blanket. Tea and juice will be provided during the working hours.

For more information, contact Pastor Beneke on 081 387 9152.

Quinton Boucher

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